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MORE MLB INSANITY - NOW $430M? $300,000,000+ contracts to play beisbol? 

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MLB INSANITY - 2019 style. $300,000,000+ contracts to play beisbol? 

Here's how each of the contracts stack up against the biggest all-time deals in MLB history, with numbers from Baseball Prospectus:

PLAYER TEAM CONTRACT LENGTH CONTRACT VALUE AVERAGE/YEAR
Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies 13 years $330 million $25.3 million

Giancarlo Stanton

Miami Marlins

13 years

$325 million

$25 million

Manny Machado

San Diego Padres

10 years

$300 million

$30 million

Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees

10 years

$275 million

$27.5 million

Nolan Arenado

Colorado Rockies

8 years

$260 million

$32.5 million

Alex Rodriguez

Texas Rangers

10 years

$252 million

$25.2 million

Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers

8 years

$248 million

$31 million

Albert Pujols

Los Angeles Angels

10 years

$240 million

$24 million

Robinson Cano

Seattle Mariners

10 years

$240 million

$24 million

Joey Votto

Cincinnati Reds

10 years

$225 million

$22.5 million

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CBS - MLB

If you're looking just at average money per year, Machado's deal ranks just outside the top five, while Arenado's places second -- and first among position players. Harper, meanwhile, falls just outside the top 10 in that category despite landing the biggest total deal. Here's a look at the top current MLB contracts in terms of average salary per season:

  1. SP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34.4 million
  2. 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies: $32.5 million
  3. SP David Price, Boston Red Sox: $31 million
  4. SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $31 million
  5. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: $31 million
  6. SS Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: $30 million
  7. SP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $30 million
  8. CF Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets: $27.5 million
  9. SP Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25.8 million

Beyond baseball, in terms of total money, Machado's contract clocked in as the third largest in all of sports, ranking behind those of only Stanton and boxer Canelo Álvarez ($365 million) among current deals.

If you dive a little deeper, the Padres' $300 million payout for Machado doesn't look quite as massive. (If, somehow, you can picture a $300 million contract as anything but massive.) As FanGraphs' Craig Edwards calculated this offseason, converting old contracts to today's dollars would indicate that Machado's deal is actually the 10th largest in baseball history rather than the second largest. Alex Rodriguez's 2001 contract would be worth a whopping $592 million in 2019 dollars.

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Oh no Cleveland Indians on that list.....no real surprise there.

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The Indians are in a GREAT position. They play in the worst division. They are a small market/REVENUE team. They almost always have a chance to make the playoffs. They build slowly and never overpay. Plus they have the best manger in baseball 

I wish we could spend like the Yankees. Or Dodgers. But they can’t. And never will. 

 

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OK now I've seen it all.....nearly a HALF BILLION DOLLARS to play beisbol. :lol:

Mike Trout, Angels finalizing a record 12-year, roughly $430 million extension

 
 
 
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Mike Trout, left, is getting an extension $100 million richer than Bryce Harper's recent contract with the Phillies. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
March 19 at 11:28 AM

The climax of an offseason spent contemplating and debating the value of some of baseball’s biggest stars, as it turns out, was not the record-setting free agent contracts signed last month by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper but what came Tuesday: a massive extension in its final stages for Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout that zoomed past those other deals like a 600-foot home run.

Trout’s extension is worth “roughly” $430 million over 12 years, according to two people familiar with the negotiation — $100 million more than the 13-year, $330 million deal Harper signed weeks ago with the Philadelphia Phillies, which previously stood as the largest in North American team sports history. The new deal effectively adds 10 years and roughly $360 million to the $66.5 million Trout was already owed for 2019 and 2020 from the extension he signed in 2014, according to an industry source, but for luxury tax purposes it will be considered a 12-year contract.

[Analysis: Mike Trout, baseball's $430 million man, is actually underpaid]

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